Peacebuilding Commission

The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) started working on 23rd June 2006. It will, according to resolution 1645 (2005) (S/RES/1645 (2005), "marshal resources at the disposal of the international community to advise and propose integrated strategies for post-conflict recovery, focusing attention on reconstruction, institution-building, and sustainable development in countries emerging from conflict".

The Commission is a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly and the Security Council. It has an advisory function towards all member states.

Members of the Peacebuildning Commission

The Commission has 31 member states:

  • 7 members selected by the Security Council
  • 7 members elected by the ECOSOC
  • 7 members elected by the General Assembly
  • 5 top providers of assessed contributions to United Nations budgets and of voluntary contributions the United Nations funds, programmes and agencies
  • 5 top providers of military personnel and civilian police to United Nations missions.

Post-conflict experience is taken into account when electing member states.

Work of the Commission

The Organizational Committee brings together the PCB members states to establish the work agenda for the Peacebuilding Commission. It is the primary decision-making body of the Commission, responsible for establishing its working methods and agenda.

PBC Country-Specific Configurations (CSCs) guide the Peacebuilding Commission's engagement with individual countries. Each configuration works closely with the national government. Apart from the PBC member states, other relevant stakeholders are invited to participate in the CSCs meetings.

The Peacebuilding Support Office assists the Peacebuilding Commission with advice and policy guidelines.

The Peacebuilding Fund

The Peacebuilding Fund was set up in 2006 to support countries and programmes in peacebuilding activities. It relies upon voluntary contributions from Member States, organizations and individuals. The UNDP Multi-Donor Trust Fund Office is the administrator.

More on the Peacebuilding Commission

  • The individual documents from the Peacebuilding Commission carry the symbol PBC/- .
  • United Nations Peacebuilding. Information and documents on UN peacebuilding work including the Peacebuilding Commission.
  • Member States' contributions are published in detail in a series of documents entitled STATUS OF CONTRIBUTIONS AS AT... In this publication you will find the exact position of each Member State regarding the different contributions schemes. The electronic versions of these documents can be accssed through ODS, where you can make a title search or a symbol search. List of symbols for these documentsNB: This document doesn't compile all peacekeeping operations in one single item. To build up a table you will have to add up all operations listed.

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